electric vehicles

  • ChargePoint takes over GE charging stations

    ChargePoint takes over GE charging stations

    ChargePoint announced that it will become the exclusive operator of all of GE‘s electric charging stations, which means nearly 10,000 places to plug in will be transferred to the new company’s management. That total adds 1,800 commercial charging stations and 8,000 residential chargers to ChargePoint’s already huge network. Not that existing users will notice much difference… Read More

  • Qualcomm demonstrates driving while charging

    Qualcomm demonstrates driving while charging

    Qualcomm Technologies has been working on a wireless charging system for electric vehicles called Halo. Now it’s taken the idea a step further — a Halo on the go, if you will. The dynamic electric vehicle charging (DEVC) system can charge electric vehicles as they drive over the charger. Halo DEVC, as its called, is in very early stages. Qualcomm set up a 100-meter test track… Read More

  • New Smart Fortwo EV: fewer dollars, more miles

    New Smart Fortwo EV: fewer dollars, more miles

    Mercedes-Benz announced the price of its new electric 2017 Smart Fortwo: $23,800 for the hard-top coupe and $28,000 for the cabrio with a sliding canvas roof. The new coupe’s price is $1,200 less than the outgoing model, but the cabrio’s price is exactly the same. Besides the price, there are some practical improvements for the new Fortwo EV. Read More

  • The first EV showcase opens in Oregon

    The first EV showcase opens in Oregon

    Forth, the electric vehicle proponent formerly known as Drive Oregon, has opened the nation’s first electric vehicle showcase in downtown Portland, Oregon. Anyone who wants to test drive one of the handful of EVs at the city’s World Trade Center can make a reservation. There are only three cars on hand so far: the Chevy Bolt, Ford C-MAX Energi, and the Nissan Leaf. Staff will be… Read More

  • ChargePoint is ready for flying EVs

    ChargePoint is ready for flying EVs

    Yesterday I wrote about a poll conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan that found people were interested in flying cars if they were autonomous, shared and electric. As soon as I posted that, I found an email in my inbox saying that ChargePoint and Uber Elevate, among others at the recent conference on flying vehicles, had partnered to prepare for just that exact scenario. Read More

  • Volkswagen’s I.D. CROZZ electric concept aims for 2020 production

    Volkswagen’s I.D. CROZZ electric concept aims for 2020 production

    Electric production vehicles may be relatively rare, but electric concepts abound, and most of them are targeting 2020 for a rough production date, as is the Volkswagen I.D. CROZZ, an all-electric design whose name I hope dies in a horrible fire between now and whenever (if ever) it does end up hitting the street. Read More

  • Audi’s latest concept is a new all-electric Tesla Model X competitor

    Audi’s latest concept is a new all-electric Tesla Model X competitor

    Audi’s newest electric vehicle is a crossover SUV with a 4.5-second 0-60mph time, and an impressive range of around 300 miles when its 95kWh battery is topped up. The Audi e-tron Sportback is set for production starting in 2019, and it’s part of Audi’s larger strategy to bring at least three fully electric cars to market by 2020. Read More

  • Char.gy taps into lampposts to charge your electric car

    Char.gy taps into lampposts to charge your electric car

    If you have a garage with a power socket, an electric car makes an awful lot of sense. If you park on the street, however, the infrastructural challenge of keeping your electron-powered vehicle topped up becomes complicated enough that perhaps sticking to driving on squished dinosaurs makes sense for a while longer. Until Char.gy comes along, that is. Read More

  • This Porsche-based electric supercar has a 215-mile range and crazy acceleration

    This Porsche-based electric supercar has a 215-mile range and crazy acceleration

    Austrian EV tuner Kreisel is making a name for itself in the world of high-performance electric conversions. After creating a purely electric Mercedes G-Class with Arnold Schwarzenegger, the company has now revealed the EVEX 910e, a converted Porsche 910 that has a fully electric drive train, max speeds north of 185 mph, a 0 to 60 time of under 2.5 seconds and more. The electric supercar is… Read More

  • Lucid Motors and Local Motors will tell us how to make modern cars at Disrupt NY 2017

    Lucid Motors and Local Motors will tell us how to make modern cars at Disrupt NY 2017

    The auto industry is one of the hardest to break into as a vehicle maker, so it’s great that we have onstage at Disrupt NY 2017 in May two young companies working in that space to talk us through the process of being new in a field where the dominant players haven’t changed much in almost a century. Read More

  • At the Geneva Motor Show, the beautiful… and the damned?

    At the Geneva Motor Show, the beautiful… and the damned?

    Passing by the glittering luxury cars, with models draped elegantly over the hoods, you might get the impression that you were witnessing the height of power for the automotive industry. Not only has the internal combustion engine reached dizzying heights of refinement, but the plethora of electric, hybrid and fuel cell engines could leave you wondering if anything more need ever be… Read More

  • Tech War: Prius Prime vs. Hyundai Ioniq

    Tech War: Prius Prime vs. Hyundai Ioniq

    By a lucky coincidence, I had a chance to drive both the 2017 Prius Prime and the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq in the same week. The Prius lineup and the Ioniq lineup are competing for the same buyers, so there will be plenty of comparisons in the automotive press. But this is TechCrunch, so let’s take a look at the technology in each. Read More

  • Ford plug-in hybrid sales rose 38% in 2016

    Ford plug-in hybrid sales rose 38% in 2016

    Ford saw some significant year-over-year growth in its plug-in hybrid sales in 2016, despite gas prices that on average saw historic lows throughout the year. The total number of hybrids sold by Ford numbered 23,895 – which doesn’t seem like a lot, but in relative terms it’s a large jump, and Ford’s hybrid lineup is still relatively modest and focused on only a few… Read More

  • Waymo’s self-driving tech got a lot better in 2016

    Waymo’s self-driving tech got a lot better in 2016

    Waymo’s self-driving software had far fewer disengagements in 2016 than it did in 2015 in the state of California, despite a big increase in the number of miles driven overall. The California Department of Motor Vehicles just published Waymo’s most recent disengagement report, which tracks al the times that a self-driving software system must be turned off in a test cars –… Read More

  • Arkamys creates space-age safety sounds for EVs

    Arkamys creates space-age safety sounds for EVs

    In 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration established the very cool-sounding “Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles,” which does exactly what it says. It requires that 100 percent of all EVs and hybrids make some noise at low speeds by 2019. If a vehicle can move forward or in reverse without engaging an internal combustion engine, it needs… Read More

  • Ford begins testing Transit Plug-in Hybrids in London ahead of 2019 production

    Ford begins testing Transit Plug-in Hybrids in London ahead of 2019 production

    Ford has begun testing of its new Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid with Transport for London, working with the UK city’s local transit authority to pilot 20 of the new vehicles in use during a 12-month trial with select London businesses for commercial use. The pilot of the vehicles, which feature a pure electric range of around 31 miles according to European agency measurement standards… Read More

  • Las Vegas launches the first electric autonomous shuttle on U.S. public roads

    Las Vegas launches the first electric autonomous shuttle on U.S. public roads

    Las Vegas, transportation beat reporters can’t quit you; CES was like a car extravaganza, and now you’re launching a self-driving, fully electric shuttle on public streets. The shuttles are the result of a partnership between shuttle-maker Navya, fleet logistics provider Keolis and the city of Las Vegas, and began picking up members of the public today, riding a regular route… Read More

  • Arcimoto looks for investments via Fundable

    Arcimoto looks for investments via Fundable

    Arcimoto brought the eighth iteration of its three-wheeled electric vehicle, the SRK, to CES 2017. This is the version that will be produced this spring in Eugene, Oregon, where the company has its headquarters, and that the first buyers will have delivered to their doors by summer 2017. It’s been a long road for Arcimoto, which was founded in 2007 in Eugene. For nearly a decade, it… Read More

  • ChargePoint ups the fast charging ante

    ChargePoint ups the fast charging ante

    On the heels of EVgo‘s announcement that it was breaking ground on its first 350-kW public charger, ChargePoint announced at CES that it has developed what it calls an ultra-fast DC charging station that can deliver up to 400 kW. The ChargePoint Express Plus is aimed at cutting-edge cars that charge quickly and have long ranges, like the Tesla Model 3 and Chevy Bolt — cars that… Read More

  • A ride in the Lucid Motors alpha prototype

    A ride in the Lucid Motors alpha prototype

    Lucid Motors brought its alpha prototype of its first production luxury EV to CES 2017. There’s a small fleet of these early test cars, but the one that made it to Las Vegas is the one in full camouflage. “We wanted it to be like the dazzle ships in World War I,” said Lucid CTO Peter Rawlinson. Then he pointed out that the camo is actually the word Lucid exploded across the… Read More

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